Reservations Office Hours
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Reserving Space in the Student Unions
The Event Management System (EMS) is to be used for reserving rooms in the William Pitt Union (WPU), O’Hara Student Center (OSC), Campus Recreation facilities, Schenley Quad, Towers Patio and tabling, Sutherland Hall tabling, and other designated academic buildings during evening hours. The room reservation system provides an online means for reserving and viewing student organizations’ and Student Affairs’ room reservations across campus. Authorized users can submit requests for room reservations to be reviewed by William Pitt Union and O’Hara Student Center reservations staff.
To create an EMS account:
- You must be an officer in a SORC recognized student organization or Pitt Oakland campus staff or faculty.
- View our EMS training Powerpoint and complete the quiz at the end of the tutorial. You must complete the quiz for your account to be activated.
- Your quiz results will automatically be sent to us. If you do not take the quiz we won’t know you applied for an account.
- You must also apply for an account with EMS.
- Be sure to use your Pitt username (e.g. abc123, no @pitt.edu needed) and current Pitt password. Alias usernames should not be used.
- New users will be notified via e-mail when their account has been activated. Typically, accounts are activated within 3-4 business days but can take up to 1-2 weeks during peak times of the semester.
For help with the new EMS interface please view this PowerPoint.
If your account is inactive or pending, DO NOT apply for another account! Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can re-activate your current account.
Student groups are eligible to have 2 members with EMS access. If you are an officer in multiple organizations, you can have access to reserve on behalf of more than one organization. Email email@example.com with the student organization names and your positions within each club.
Once your account has been activated, you can begin reserving space at ems.williampittunion.pitt.edu. EMS is most user-friendly when using a computer rather than a mobile device and either Microsoft Edge or Mozilla Firefox.
Looking for space not found in EMS? All SORC recognized student organizations and university departments are eligible to reserve space in other University buildings.
More information to come, reservations are being accepted for the current semester only.
Recreation and Athletic Space are on a different schedule than the WPU reservation timeline, click here to view when you can reserve a facility. Any questions pertaining to Campus Recreation space, please contact Hunter England at firstname.lastname@example.org
Reservation Booking Rules
|Outdoor Spaces||21 days in advance|
|Meeting Rooms, Dance Studio||7 days in advance|
|Tabling||3 days in advance|
Once your event is approved, please work with your designated William Pitt Union or O’Hara Student Center contact for any questions or concerns.
Administrative/Academic Departments within the WPU
Madison Yanosky (email@example.com)
Events in Nordy’s Place
Eric Black (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Student Affairs Events in WPU
Katy Tufts (email@example.com)
O’Hara Student Center Events
John Hoehn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
All Technical Services for WPU & OSC
Mike Tulak (email@example.com)
Other helpful contact information
|EMS Activation and Troubleshootingfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|WPU 630 (CCLD)||DRJ27@pitt.edu|
|Recreation and Athletic Spaceemail@example.com|
Room setups are due to William Pitt Union Reservations or O’Hara Student Center Information Desk no later than 2 weeks before an event. Setups can be submitted online at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com as well.
When requesting a room, be sure to include your personal set up and tear down time. Facilities reserved time is not for personal use and you will not have access to the room during this time.
|Room||Default Facilities Reserved Time|
|Multipurpose Rooms & Nordy’s||2 hours|
|Dining Rooms A & B||1 hour|
|Meeting Rooms||30 minutes|
O’Hara Blank Room Templates
WPU Max Capacities Templates
WPU Max Capacity Chart
Quad Map Blank Templates
Set Up Types and Max Capacities
Frequently Used Terms
Indoor tables on the lower level of the WPU (Schenley Café) available for marketing organizations and upcoming programs.
Outdoor tables in front of the WPU available for marketing organizations and upcoming programs.
Any room that the set up can be changed and adapted to fit your needs.
*Assembly Room, Kurtzman Room, Ballroom, Lower Lounge, Dining Room A & B, 548, OSC Ballroom & Dining Room
Any room that must be used as found. Usually set lecture or conference style.*Kimbo Conference Room, 310, 527, 538, 539, 540, 542, 837, 918
The list of rooms you are eligible to reserve. The rooms are grouped together under templates which can be found under the Reservations tab once you are logged in. Student groups have different permissions than departments and can reserve more space on campus. For example, student groups can reserve University Classrooms in the evenings and weekends while departments are unable to do so. Classrooms: Student groups can request classrooms in the Cathedral of Learning and David Lawrence after 9pm on evenings and all day on weekends.
Student groups can request classrooms in the Cathedral of Learning and David Lawrence after 9pm on evenings and weekends. Student groups are not permitted to rearrange or remove classroom furniture. All requests for audiovisual equipment are handled by CIDDE.
The questions asked to you in EMS in order to collect as much information about your event as possible.
Depending on the type of event space you are looking to reserve, below are some questions EMS will need to know:
- Date of event
- Event start and end time (this should include your personal set up and tear down time)
- Advertised start and end times
- Expected attendance
- University/SORC account number
- Description of event (as detailed as possible)
- Will you be having non-Pitt speakers or guests?
- Will you be having food/beverage?
- If you are having food, would you like to compost your food waste?
- Will anyone under the age of 18 be present?
- Will there be sales or fundraising?
- Is your event open to anyone or private?
For additional information regarding event planning, including potential costs, food forms, and other policies and procedures, click here.
This could be a couple of different issues. First make sure you logged in using your Pitt username and not your Pitt email (e.g. abc123, no @pitt.edu needed). If this did not fix the problem, then the next possibility applies if your account was just activated. If this is your case, please wait a few hours and try again. If neither of these solutions apply to you, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or come to the Reservations Office on the Main Floor of the William Pitt Union, Monday through Friday 9AM – 5PM.
Your account status is switched to “inactive” when you have not used it or made a reservation in the past semester. Send an email to email@example.com asking for your account to be reactivated. You will receive an email confirmation within a few days when it has been reactivated.
There could be a couple of different reasons. Make sure you read your “tentative” status email from the WPU or OSC reservations team which will explain why your status is not “confirmed”. If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to receive a response within 24-48 hours. Tentative requests usually have outstanding items that need to be addressed or turned in before being confirmed (fully executed contracts, events with minors’ paperwork, further event details required, meeting with reservations staff).
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the clubs you are involved in and what positions you hold.
Two students per organization. Please let us know when officer transitioning is happening so we can make sure the appropriate students have access to reserve on behalf of the organization.
You can cancel your event through EMS or email the Reservations Office at email@example.com.
It is important to know what the purpose of your event is and your expected attendance before putting in your EMS request. You can find room capacities on either EMS or layout templates on the reservations page.
You can use the Browse for Space tab on the left-hand side of the EMS website. You do not need to have an EMS account to browse for space.
See our WPU Max Capacities Guide
Within 1 week, you will receive an email from a staff member in the WPU or OSC stating your next steps. If you would like to check with the reservations office regarding the status of your event, please contact either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com no later than 2 weeks before an event. Meeting rooms will be set as is. To see sample setups, visit (room guide hyperlink) or stop by the WPU Reservations desk Monday through Friday 9am-5pm.
First, select a template under the Make a Reservation tab. Above where you select a date and time you will see a reoccurring button. There you will be able to set your reoccurring needs. Once you have confirmed your needs EMS will automatically select rooms that meet your needs. You will then continue your selection process as normal.
You can request a banner on our event reservation website, EMS. Once logged in, under the Reservations tab you should see an option for WPU Banner Request. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not see this option.
To view banner dimensions, please visit https://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/studentunions/about/. Banners in the Quad can be reserved through Residence Life. Email Carly Ramer at email@example.com to discuss this process.
WPU indoor and outdoor tables can be reserved in EMS through the WPU Table reservation template. EMS requires 72 hours’ notice in order to reserve a table.
You should request your audio/visual equipment when making your EMS reservation. If you have already submitted your request, you can log in to EMS and edit your reservation by clicking on My Events. Technical services can be added by the SA tech team as well but this request must be sent in no later than 14 days before the event.
The Student Organization Resource Center (SORC) on the 8th floor of the William Pitt Union can help student groups with contracting all types of services. Visit their office or the contract’s page of the SORC website at https://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/sorc/funding/contracts/
Academic Departments and the Division of Student Affairs should refer to their department’s Dean for all contract inquiries.
All certified student organizations, sponsoring events involving direct contact with minors must register the event with the Division of Student Affairs through the William Pitt Union or O’Hara Student Center Reservations Office. Direct contact is defined by law as care, guidance, supervision or control of minors, or routine interactions with minors. Visit https://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/studentunions/events-with-minors/ to complete the forms.
1. Catering Exemption – Campus Catering is the approved caterer on campus and has the right to bid for your business. In the event you would like to pursue a company outside of the university, a Catering Exemption must be completed. To learn more about catering exemptions, visit https://apps.fis.pitt.edu/cateringexemption
2. Donated Food (from Food Services) - The Department of Housing, Food Services, and Panther Central proudly donate Pepsi Products and food items to the University of Pittsburgh community. They attempt to support student programs and University events that are open to the University of Pittsburgh’s student body. To request donated food or services from University Food Services, visit https://apps.fis.pitt.edu/donatedFoods/DonatedFoods
3. Snack Approval Form – if you are hosting a program in the WPU or OSC and would like to bring in snack-like items, visit https://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/studentunions/forms/. Homemade food and potlucks are prohibited. Pizza, chips, pretzels, appetizer trays (veggie, fruit, dips), and items from a bakery are permitted.
When reserving space in EMS, you will be asked if you are interested in composting at your event. If you mark yes, someone from the Student Office of Sustainability (SOOS) will contact you.
Unfortunately, you are requesting to have an event during a time when the building is closed. If you would like to discuss the possibilities of hosting an after-hours or early morning event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact email@example.com and we can check our inventory to see if there is enough to accommodate all programs that would be taking place at the same time as yours.